Breuil-Cervinia, Italy

Breuil-Cervinia is a popular ski resort located in north-western Italy. It has hosted the Tobogganing and Bobsleigh World Championships on three separate occasions (in 1971, 1975, and 1985), and is part of the Aosta ski region. The resort is almost exclusively a winter sports destination but activities including golf, sailing, and paragliding are available at other times of the year.

How to Get There

By Plane

The closest airport to Breuil-Cervinia is Turin Caselle in northern Italy, located approximately 90 miles away from the resort. Alternative options include Milan, Zürich, and Geneva. Turin is not particularly well-served by British airlines but Milan is a very popular destination with RyanAir. British Airways offers an irregular and expensive flight between London Heathrow and Milan during the peak ski season (November to April). Flights to Zürich and Geneva necessitate some prior planning. You should expect to have to hire a car or make allowances for an extended train journey to Italy.

By Car

London to Breuil-Cervinia is an extremely long drive and the route recommended by most online mapping websites involves a ridiculous detour around Switzerland, adding approximately 50 miles to the length of the journey. The eastern Swiss border is patrolled and motorists may have to stop for document checks, so make sure you have an up-to-date passport, driving licence, and the appropriate car registration documents.

The Swiss-Italian border is infinitely more difficult to cross than its French counterpart (the Italian coast is a popular landing point with illegal immigrants travelling from Eastern Europe) but prepared tourists should have no real trouble with the Swiss authorities.

The ideal route will take you through Calais, Dijon, Lyon, and then east towards the Italian border. Overall, the trip should take approximately 12 hours.

By Train

The Eurostar rail service is a convenient way to reach France. The French TGV trains provide reliable and affordable routes across the country and run every ten minutes.

The closest train station to Breuil-Cervinia is located in Chatillon, Italy. Tourists can take the Eurostar Snow train on either a Friday or Saturday but please be aware that it does not stop at Chatillon.

Who the Resort Caters for

Breuil-Cervinia is very popular with experts and intermediate skiers but it also provides facilities for beginners. The resort boasts impeccable slopes, conveniently positioned lifts, and superb food. However, the cross-country skiing facilities are not great. Groups with very young children may find the facilities lacking but the gentle slopes are ideal for beginners.

Snowboarders are always made to feel welcome and the resort has a snow park complete with a half-pipe, a number of jumps, and a snowboard cross area. For boarders wanting something a little more exciting, the appropriate ski pass allows access to the nearby Italian resorts of Courmayeur and La Thuile.

What Accommodation the Resort Offers

Hotels at Breuil-Cervinia typically offer four or five star facilities and are available throughout the year. The four star hotels, for example the Hotel Cristallo at Alagna Valsesia, can be twice the cost of their three star counterparts, so skiers on a budget would be wise to stay in the two hotels located in the town centre of Breuil-Cervinia. The vast majority of accommodation is located in the town of Courmayeur.

The Pierre & Vacances hotel is located at an altitude of 2000 metres. It stands next to some of the most popular ski slopes in the resort and is within walking distance of the cable car service. Young children and toddlers will be treated to a number of activities whilst tired parents enjoy the free relaxation facilities. The hotel is ideal for intermediate skiers since a red slope runs right past the front door. The Pierre & Vacances hotel offers free parking but pets are not allowed. Rooms are available from €94.00 per night and booking facilities are available at the website.

The cheapest chalet at Breuil-Cervinia is a two-star property called Theodule. It is located in the centre of Cervinia and sleeps up to four people. Prices start at £391 per week. It boasts a living room with a TV and DVD player, a small kitchen and bathroom, and a special storage area for ski equipment. Theodule is located just 100 metres away from the Breuil-Cervinia slopes. Booking is available on the Interhome website.

Slope Information

Breuil-Cervinia offers 135 kilometres of downhill skiing, with access to 129 individual pistes. The local area encompasses seven other ski resorts, all of which are accessible via a cable car network but a ski pass must be purchased beforehand.

Skiers should be wary of the weather at all times. The route back to the resort can become treacherous and skiers may become lost in the wilderness. You should check with a guide before heading out alone.

The resort uses 18 snow cannons to keep the slopes fresh.

Resort Vitals

Resort Vitals
Feature Stats
Downhill Pistes 135km
Cross Country Trails 0km (at Breuil-Cervinia)
Ski Lifts 21
Max Vertical 1440m
Highest Lift 3490m
Lowest Piste 2050m
Resort Altitude 2050m

The Breuil-Cervinia ski season begins on the 31st of October and runs until the following April. All ski lifts remain closed until the season begins.